Atletico Madrid vs Copenhagen
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 22 February 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid).
Copenhagen seemed to have what it takes to cause troubles to Spanish heavyweights when Viktor Fischer pushed them ahead 15 minutes into the first leg game at Parken. Nonetheless, the Mattressers have managed to quickly get back into the game as Saul levelled the score just six ,minutes later to initiate a magnificent comeback. Diego Simeone’s men have notched three more until the end to close the tie ahead of the rematch at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
The Argentine manager now has the luxury of mixing up his cards in the second leg on Thursday as a true miracle should happen for the Dane champions to net four goals past one of the best defensive lines in Europe.
Overall, Atletico Madrid have been enjoying a decent spell of form lately and they’ll head into this off the back of five consecutive wins in all competitions. The latest of successes saw them ease past Athletic Bilbao 2-0 at home on Sunday afternoon to help the team keep ground on runaway leaders Barcelona who are seven points away at the top of the Primera Division standings.
Copenhagen, on the other side, once again revealed defensive woes in the Superligaen derby allowing three goals in a defeat to leaders Midtjylland at the weekend. Stale Solbakken’s side has generally been struggling badly in this tern of Superligaen and it’s clear that they won’t defend the title come May.
Atletico Madrid vs Copenhagen: Head-to-head
This will be the third head to head encounter, but first to see Atletico Madrid as hosts.
The Spanish outfit has easily won both of two previous meetings with the Danes netting as many as six goals along the way.
Atletico Madrid vs Copenhagen: Prediction
The match does not have any significance whatsoever and we’ll skip any handicap bets given that the hosts will likely play with the handbrake after the result from the first leg in Copenhagen.
The Under 2.5 goals FTZ bet has value at 2.10, while we’ll also go with Atletico Madrid to maintain their superb defensive from and keep things quiet at the back as an alternative option.